In My Head

You are twelve years old and your mind is like a game of hot potato. Your thoughts are quick and jerky, and you need to get past them before you get burned.

Dispatch From Bewilderness

Probes puncture my scalp, surveying my mind. Temporal lobe, occipital lobe, you name it; there’s a probe for the lobe.

Carrying History

I am a child of the Iranian revolution. In 1983, my mother gave birth to me in Evin Prison, one of Iran’s most notorious jails. 


Mallika Sekhar April 2020 The ward doctor rang me late in the night to say…

In Between Time

Pain made me a precocious student of time, each middle ear infection a new lesson on the uncatchable instant.

Drawing Blood

I spent a lot of time thinking about blood during my training years—hoping I could get enough of it, wondering which vein would yield the best supply of it, wishing the patients had more of it, calling the blood bank for a bag of it.

The Father Shift

I was twenty-three years old the first time I saw my father wearing a dress.

Motherhood Requiem

Nadia Ghent One afternoon, after my mother had fallen ill for the fourth or fifth…

Our Eyes Were Watching Marcia

Television had always been a perfect distraction from our family’s drama and trauma, soothing us more than our Baptist faith.